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Marcus Clarke studied art at Mansfield College of Art in the 1970's. PuppetTVGraffiti is the contemporary art movement he founded in 2010 and dedicated to the craftful art of Puppetisation. This is his own distinct process of imbuing objects and images with some of the qualities of a Puppet, primarily irreverence and the illusion of life. His visual artworks are achieved by the application of his long standing professional puppet making skills, toolbox and materials combined with his own particular and peculiar, puppeteers sensibility and emotional intelligence. He tends to create conventional portrait or landscape A2 or A1 sized fabric, canvas or foam backed images which draw on themes of belief and loss, often from his teens or childhood, sometimes quirkily adding historical visual semiotics. His work has always incorporated Personal Commentary.
"I have never sold a Puppetised work." Marcus Clarke, for example.
For Opens Marcus has recently taken to submitting a new strand of works that he calls 'Art Writing' (left) These works playfully explore the relationship between images and text. "I have never been selected for an Open". Marcus Clarke.
It's affectionate anarchy. Divergent art.
An art movement partly inspired by Jim Henson's NBC Pipes
In 2014 Marcus had a major exhibition called Homeless in the Puppetised City in Nottingham which he will restage at The Floor 1, Exhibition Space, Nottingham City Central Library and over the whole of February 2015. It will include old and new works created under the banner, The DogHorse Coat giving the Exhibition its title. Upper right DogHorse Coat is titled 'Space Dog'.
Marcus uses drawings, photographic images printed on card, canvas or just things.
Symbolic and iconic objects. Clothing, and adds to them using his Puppet Making materials and techniques. Puppet Props and Costumes. Bits and bobs. Found objects.
Right Marcus Clarke Self Portrait 4. Pencil, graphite pen, charcoal on paper with shirt, foam, faux fur and sculpted and cast styrene eyeball. Button, hairgrips, feathers and shoelace on Foam Board.
|The DOGHORSE COAT
Exhibition - Couvrage chevelain pour
To be held at the Floor 1, Exhibition Space, Central Library Nottingham. Pet Dog Coats are given a Modern yet Medieval and Heraldic twist. With personal commentary.
Above Puppetised Dog Coat is titled
OEillet rouget, longe langue.
See the Exhibition page The DogHorse Coat Art Exhibition
|Homeless in the Puppetised City
a landmark Exhibition, one man show, in the City of Nottingham held
Easter 2014. 12x new large canvas based Puppetised works of Nottingham
City Buildings are stared at by a lonely homeless Puppet child in an
instillation style exhibition that includes video composite playouts.
There are also accompanying and complementing family Building image
based Puppetising activity workshops. All very well received and
Completed Puppetised works featured in Nottingham Arts Magazine Left Lion in the run up to the Exhibition Printed item
Catalogue for iPad Free eBook
|Homeless in the Puppetised City
An accompanying family building Puppetisation workshop developed tested and delivered to excellent evaluation.
Canadian/British Project Ancient to Modern.
In a child's' footsteps. Details
(Marcus spent his early years as a child in Canada)
The front Cover of June/July 2011 Nottingham Culture Magazine 'LeftLion' Created by Marcus Clarke.
Inside is an interview with Marcus Clarke. Interview
LeftLion Shoot Video
Previous LeftLion Article. Previous
InTouch Magazine interview
BBC Articles and Radio Interviews. BBC
Childhood Short Stories page
2015 First Floor Gallery Central Library, Nottingham. The DogHorseCoat Art Exhibition and Homeless in the Puppetised City.
2015 Surface Gallery International Postcard Show. Two works. Naval rule and Poster.
2014 The National Open Art Competition 2014 Shortlisted
2014 Homeless in the Puppetised City Art Exhibition One man show Nottingham. 13x works and Video
2014 Surface Gallery International Postcard Show 1xPostcard Work
2013 Surface Gallery International Postcard Show 1xPostcard Work
2012 FAB Fringe Arts Bath 2012. Mis-in-Formation. 3x works exhibited. Curator Diane Ali
2011 Nottingham Castle Gallery Annual Open 2011 1x Intervention and 1x exhibited work plus Video Film made.
2011 Surface Gallery Nottingham 'Salon des Refuse's' 2x works exhibited.
1977 Mansfield College of Art. Various.
Surface Gallery International
Postcard Show 2015
Two works. The Naval Rule, far right and 'DogHorse coat Exhibition Poster'.
|The National Open Art Competition 2014
The submission right was shortlisted for the 2014 Stage 2 judging.
Title. Reading into it. It's a Print and Pen drawing.
Gallery International Postcard Show 2013 and 2014
January 15th to February 8th 2014 the work is called Black Spot. It's the first work of a new Art Writing style I've been developing called Art Writing.
January 16th to February 2nd 2013 titled, The Surface Gallery Bug.
FAB Fringe Arts Bath 2012. Mis-in-Formation.
Three Works including 'Aproval needed'.
Marcus works at the deconstructive interface of iconic imagery and innovative artistic practice. He playfully detourns or high jacks or subverts iconic images to give them a different meaning. His work plays with the pieces of given aesthetic images and adds and subtracts visual cues to provide a different horizon of possibilities in the image.
In this way his work moves from the image to the gesture. Following Giorgio Agembem's work on the use of Cinema as creating space to take images to a gestural politics. For example, his representation of the iconic image of Nottingham Council House has been detourned to change the meaning to a playful and humorous deconstructive reading of the role and function of civic buildings generally and Nottingham's identity specifically. His contemporary development shows a significant movement from artistic animation and creation, to an aesthetic of flippant-dadaism, a powerful yet playful project of creative destruction to produce auratic art.
Marcus makes a telling and significant contribution to contemporary aesthetic production and consumption, and makes a significant impact, amongst a variety of stakeholders, with his auratic art. Dr. Adam Barnard. NTU.
As a Visual Artist and Curator I have delved into the work of Marcus Clarke for his interesting perspectives on his works politically, geographically and for his alternative observations. His work is playful but also omits a familiar reasoning. As a fellow resident in Nottingham, it is interesting to see Marcus being involved and speaking for the mass in terms of 'defamiliarization' where one has to disown their prior knowledge to return to it and embrace anew. It is this connection where I engage in his creative development as an evolving artist whose work encompasses the social state with a humorous and nonconforming approach. His energy and pro-activeness consistently offers an unpredictable view of his work. Diana Ali. http://www.dianaali.com/
Puppetised Jacket's Project page
It's Puppetised Fashion
First Thursday Night and Saturday Morning Shopping.
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